Your Current Top 5 Girl Names

DH and I need some inspiration!

Thanks xxx

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March 17, 2016 6:19 AM

Can you give us some names you like even if they aren't the right names for you? It would help us give you suggestions you would like.

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March 17, 2016 11:08 AM

I agree, tastes vary a lot, so knowing my top 5 may not be much help.  My tastes tend to run a bit musty, so they may not appeal if your tastes are more modern.

But, since you asked, my top 5 for girls is currently Agatha, Margaret, Helen, Amelia & Virginia.

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By KB10
March 30, 2016 1:43 AM

Let me start by saying, usually the girl names I like are not everyone's cup of tea.  With that out in the open...

 

Flora

Mae

Zoe

Josephine/Josefina

Winter

Autumn

Georgina

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March 17, 2016 12:32 PM

Ah, let's see, my imaginary daughter....

Margaret Alice nn Maisy or Greta, Thea Joy, Georgia, Charlotte, Araminta

Other long time favs that have been on the list at one time or another

Kate, Julia, Caroline, Annabelle

Flights of fancy I've mostly abandoned

Arden, Adair, Flannery, Seneca, Larkin, Greenly

I agree we're more likely to be actually helpful if you give us an idea of some you've considered.

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March 17, 2016 12:46 PM

Oh, Araminta is one of my favorites that I knew I'd never sell my husband on.  I used it on the female downy woodpecker who visits my feeders.  Her mate was named Oshi by my son.  We also have a pair of red bellied woodpeckers I've named Rupert & Philomena (other names I could never convince my husband to consider).

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February 26, 2017 5:31 PM

Don't abandon Flannery! :D

Oh, I just saw this is an old revived thread. But as it is back, I'll leave the encouragement just the same.

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March 17, 2016 2:44 PM

I agree that it would be nice to know some names and styles that you like. We're a pretty good group for suggesting names, but as a whole I don't think you'll see a lot of us here with modern/surname/androgynous favorites, so if that's your style, let us know and we can give some suggestions in that area.

My 2 daughters are Jul!et and P!ppa (full name Penelope). Other favorites are Eleanora, Imogen, Coraline, Verity, and Cecilia.

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March 17, 2016 3:13 PM

I agree with everyone else re: letting us know your style, but I'll go anyway.

Currently my top 5 include Thora, Mariel, Coraline, Ariadne, Juniper.  I didn't get to use any of these since I'm expecting a boy, uh, imminently.  

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By EVie
March 17, 2016 8:45 PM

I love your list! In fact, this whole thread is a nice reminder of what good taste prevails around here :)

My current top five (which tend to rotate amongst about 15-20 names, depending on my mood): Amalia, Felicity, Genevieve, Marigold, Juliet. Runners-up include Rosamund, Elodie, Aveline, Mirabel, Ismay and Cecily. 

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March 20, 2016 6:01 PM

Hey, thanks! (FWIW, Amalia is one of my favorites, too.)  And I totally agree - I had initially agreed with the others about getting more information on what the OP was looking for, but I'm really enjoying reading everyone's lists, and sometimes I don't contribute when I can't think of anything within someone's specifications.  This is a great brainstorm thread. 

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March 17, 2016 8:03 PM

Kalessi Elizabeth 

Ruby isobel 

Nova rose

Ebony jade

Haley Nicole 

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By Eko
March 17, 2016 8:37 PM

This is mine and DH's list:

Linnea

Eloise

Ellinor

Viveka

Altea/Althea

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March 17, 2016 9:09 PM

Anoushka

Daisy

Saskia

Liliana

Julia

And of course, my daughter's name, Dorothy.

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March 17, 2016 9:40 PM

In no particular order, and these change on almost a day to day basis :)

Lila 

Noelle

Cecile

Raine

Thalie

15
March 17, 2016 10:24 PM

Louisa, Ramona, Claudia, Sylvie, and Iris are my favorites at the moment!

16
March 17, 2016 10:32 PM

Rayna, Leonie, Skye, Tèa, & Zoe.

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By TKB
March 17, 2016 10:33 PM

What works for my family may not help yours, but since you asked:

June Susannah

Dianna Josephine

Dorothy Helen

Mary Margaret

Celia Mae

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March 18, 2016 3:42 AM

Oh, wow, I haven't compiled one of these in a while.

Anna
Cecilia
Cordelia
Abigail
and if you can forgive some narcissism, my own name, Martha. :)

... but I'll also add to the chorus of "give us a sampling of the names you like so we can match our suggestions better".

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March 18, 2016 11:30 AM

Hmmm, top 5 that I can't use this time around for various reasons:

Ottilie, Genevieve, Winifred, Rosemary and Octavia. Oh, and Juniper.

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March 18, 2016 7:53 PM

Oh boy, I do not think I could pick just pick five but I think below are my favorites and then several more

Moxie
Leona
Stella
Zara
Audra 

Athena, Alva, Freya, Isla, Ivy, Greer, Jordan, Kenna, Layla, Maya, Nina, Odessa, Ruby, Sasha, Shea, Sloane, Willow  

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March 23, 2016 2:07 PM

I feel like I need to put Audra and Freya on my list! Thank you!!

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By GPU
March 19, 2016 12:37 AM

Helen

Annie

Isla

Grace

Kaitlin

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March 19, 2016 9:54 PM

 

Thankyou all for replying, there are some lovely names in there!

I'm not sure if we really have a 'set' style or not, but since you asked, names we do like but not love are;

Ainsley

Carrie

Dorothy

Hunter

Jenna

Lara

Meadow

Rose

 

 

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March 20, 2016 12:28 AM

Wow. "Eclectic" somehow seems inadequate. :) Hunter-for-a-girl, Ainsley, Meadow, and Dorothy on the same list? (Dorothy especially; my sister and I both started singing "one of these things is not like the others" about that one.) Mind you, there's absolutely nothing wrong with having such wide-ranging tastes, but it does make it difficult to suggest names for you.

Ainsley is a thoroughly modern, somewhat-unisex, surname-style name. Others in the same vein: Riley, Addison, Avery, Hadley, Mackenzie.

Carrie, Jenna, Lara, Rose, and especially Dorothy are all classic feminine names. Carrie and Jenna tend toward the nickname-as-full-name style (for Caroline and Jennifer, respectively), though both are fully established as given names in their own rights. Even Lara is a pet form in its original Russian, though in English it's more likely to be thought by non-experts to be an alternate spelling of Laura. Dorothy, on the other hand, is squarely vintage revival, as is Rose, though the latter has never completely fallen out of style, so its "revived" nature is less obvious. Other names in the same general vein are ones like Lauren, Rebecca, Amanda, Kristen, Nicole, Melissa, Julia, or Kara; or if you want to explicitly go towards the nickname-as-full-name end of the spectrum, you can try Katie (full form Katherine), Cassie (Cassandra or Katherine), Annie (Anna), or Elsie (Elizabeth). Finally, if you want to go full-on vintage revival, try Mabel, Olive, Agnes, Millicent, Edith, Agatha, or Iris.

Meadow and Rose are nature-names, Rose of the old-fashioned variety, Meadow more modern. Other names in the Rose vein are Lily, Violet, Daisy, and Ivy; more toward the Meadow end of the spectrum, there are names like Willow, Sienna, and Juniper. (And yes, I know I included Rose in two different categories.)

...Which brings us to Hunter. (Warning, rant ahead!) Hunter is totally a boy's name. On a girl, it's not even a little bit "okayyy, I can see it sorta-kinda-maybe sounding slightly unisex...". It's completely in "Let's name our daughter James because boys are better than girls... oops, wait, did we say that out loud?" territory. Englishmen have been giving their daughters masculine names since at least the 12th century, but at least back then they were honest with themselves about what such a practice signified about the relative values placed on men vs. women. (End rant.) Needless to say, I won't be suggesting any further examples of this genre. :)

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March 22, 2016 7:49 PM

Respectfully, I don't think families who use boy names on girls are being misogynistic at all. It's simply a style preference that some like and some don't, or in certain cases, a meaningful way to honor family members. I personally like how they sound, regardless of whether I'd use them or not.

What I do think is that there's a double standard in the boys' case, in the same way girls can wear pants but boys can't wear dresses. That's what makes it seem like a bad thing to be "girly". Does wearing pants promote sexism, because it can be interpreted as trying to imitate masculinity? I prefer pants because they feel comfortable to me. Gendered names were made to be so by humans, and while many have historical usage patterns nothing is set in stone. I would think parents should be able to name their kids whatever they want, whether that's a daughter James or Hunter, or a son Isabella, or anything (as long as there isn't a terrible connotation, initial problems etc like with any "normal" name).

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March 22, 2016 9:36 PM

Oh, I'm certain that people who use boys names for girls nowadays are not doing so out of conscious misogynistic intent. (Or at least, the people who *do* do so are vanishingly rare.) Nevertheless, precisely because the misappropriation is only ever one way - because you don't see boys named Isabella -, the message sent by the practice is distinctly "it's OK for a girl to be mistaken for a boy (because it's good to be a boy [and not so good to be a girl])".

And the thing is, this attitude won't change by saddling more and more girls with masculine names, just like women wearing pants hasn't changed society's attitudes about men wearing skirts. What *might* change it, slowly but surely, would be for parents to name their sons things like Quinn and Hadley and Madison, and then once those names are firmly back to unisex, start "reclaiming" names like Evelyn and Beverly, and then maybe have celebrity parents name their son something like Bertha or Gertrude (or whatever the hopelessly-out-of-fashion feminine names will be at that time), and then eventually get even braver parents to name their son something like Katherine or Isabella.

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March 23, 2016 2:12 PM

I have to agree w/ you on this one. And I like some unisex names (Camryn is pretty for a girl) but Hunter just seems like a (grossly?) obvious boy choice. If you are going to go the unisex route...there seem to be a lot of names that hold some type of masculinity and feminity at same time, so they could work with both. So I don't really understand how you can pass up all those names and go straight towards...Hunter. She listed a few other names that I thought were lovely!

I'm from Louisiana and geniully would not be a BIT suprised if I met a little girl named this. Naming trends really are such a regional thing, I swear..

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March 22, 2016 11:30 AM

My top 5 today: Tessa, Juliet, Genevieve, Audrey, Amelia. It changes a lot! :) 

 

I will say you do have very eclectic taste. I find a couple of differenty "style groups" in there- a hippie-ish vibe with Meadow and Rose, an older vibe with Carrie and Dorothy, and Hunter, Jenna, and Ainsley are a bit more modern and trendy... Lara is an outlier here for me. I will agree with the previous poster that I am not much on Hunter for a female; it just isn't my style to use masculine names for females. 

Some ideas based on your different groupings come to mind... I am trying to think of names that cross some barriers. Names that I think you may enjoy: Lillian, Merritt, Hattie, Delia, Laurel, Naomi, Saylor, Skylar, Alana.

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March 22, 2016 2:31 PM

Emerald Bee and NotAGuestAnymore, I loved the the names you both picked. And that you name your backyard birds!

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March 23, 2016 12:36 AM

My top five right now include Lisette, Ariya, Cecily, Elsabeth, and Astra. Hope you find the perfect name for your daughter!

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March 23, 2016 6:45 AM

Off the top of my head....

 

*Clairy, Clairia and all other forms of Claire.

*Oceania

*Marina

*Aria

*Lilyanna 

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March 23, 2016 2:14 PM

Bless you!!! The hubz and I both like the name Claire but I have somehow never come across Clairia! I will def mention it to him :) The name Aria is beautiful as well

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March 25, 2016 6:18 AM

I'm glad I could help!! I love the name also, it's very uncommon however (I actually had to add it to this namepedia, it wasn't already here) that does make me love it more though.

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April 3, 2016 10:04 AM

What about Clary?  It's not infrequently used as a person name, but comes from common names used for some varieties of salvia.  

 

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April 5, 2016 5:04 PM

Clarity, nn Claire?

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April 7, 2016 7:19 AM

Yeah Clairy isn't on here either. I had no idea it was associated with Salvia! How funny, I feel like I should have known that. 

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March 23, 2016 11:13 AM

In no particular order:

 

Matilda

Everly

Erin

Georgia

Lark

 

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March 23, 2016 2:15 PM

Original poster...if your heart is set on a unisex name I consider this suggestion of "Erin" that is a unisex names that is worlds prettier

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March 23, 2016 2:25 PM

I really don't think that Erin is a unisex name. Just because some (not all!) people pronounce Aaron to sound the same as Erin, that doesn't make Erin a masculine name. If you look at the graph for Erin, you can see that, while it has occasionally been used for a small number of boys, it's predominantly used for girls.

http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=erin&sw=both&exact=false

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March 23, 2016 2:04 PM

I probably lean towards more traditional names than you but I tried my hardest to dig these out of the baby name treasure chest :) hope you enjoy

1. Kimora (fave) *This name is pretty rare. The only person I've heard of it w/ it is Kimora the owner of Babyphat and Russel Simmon's ex wife.. there is the traditional spelling, Camora, and that is pretty rare too.  

2. Amara

3. I personally love Dove, hubz thinks it is strange as expected but I've always loved it as quirky middle name because it's bird of peace

3. Clovis is kind of different spin on Chloe, I always thought the right lil personality could pull it off and "Clo" would be the expected nn

4. I met a girl names Rayna and thought that was kind of a more feminine twist on just naming your daughter Rain which I'm pretty sure I've heard of

5. MEADOW !!!! 

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March 23, 2016 2:59 PM

I don't see Clovis as any kind of spin on Chloe. Clovis is considered the first king of the Franks and the founder of the Meroviingian dynasty.  The name Clovis is an earlier form of what eventually became Ludwig and Louis.  Clovis's wife was Clotilde, which is heard sometimes in Cajun Louisiana (as you probably know) and which I quite like.  For someone who likes Meadow, Clover might also have some appeal.

Rather than Rain or Rayna, perhaps Reine, the French form Of Regina 'queen', pronounced more or less like rain.

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March 25, 2016 10:54 AM

Dude you're right I think Clover would be the much better choice, I can see a pair of twin flower children named Meadow and Clover its cute if thats their style

I think what I meant by "spin" was just the sound though, cause I like of people name their children based on how they like the sounds idk but it kind of a ugly name when I really think about it, Clooooovisssss, Just Chloe maybe? Oh I'm gonna write that down 

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March 23, 2016 6:35 PM

Loved reading this. Mine are:

1. Estelle

2. Olympia

3. Vienna

4. Capri

5. Piera

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March 24, 2016 2:52 AM

Not completely related to Tamsin_Kay's names but wanted to share our current top five picks:

Arloa

Frances

Rosalie

Viola

Winnie

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March 24, 2016 2:20 PM

Azaria

Jane

Marilee

Yvonna

Quincy

 

I could go on for a while, but I think those are my top 5 today. Others: Heidi, Adeline, Katrina, Samantha, Neva, Rose, Trinity, Daisy, Nica, Susanna...

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February 26, 2017 5:09 PM

Interesting how nearly a year has changed my mind some. Two of these (Jane and Quincy) I would still list as favorites. I also still like Azaria, but probably not top 5 worthy. Yvonna and Marilee are more on the outs.

Jane

Quincy

Rory

Edith

Annamarie

 

Others close to top 5: Reese, Jessa, Kathleen, Vivian, and Georgia

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March 24, 2016 2:56 PM

Fun!  In no particular order:

Lilah

Charlotte

Joanna

Aviva

Moselle

. . . and of course my daugter's name, Norah.  

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March 25, 2016 10:56 AM

Norah is such a beautiful name that I am thinking about just getting over the fact that is what my highschool enemy named her child, it really shouldn't matter in the end it's just a beautiful name I like the way you spell it too

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March 28, 2016 6:52 PM

I never have faves in that way, because I like different names for different purposes. One activity I've enjoyed since my DD's birth is naming her dolls and stuffies, so I'll give yu those.

1) Oona, a mermaid

2) Tatiana, a very Russian-looking Mooshka doll

3) Bianca, a Corolle baby doll she first called "Bee-bee," which became my inspiration for the name.

4) Marigold, a soft Carter's doll named for the color of her dress, and Dahlia, another Carter's doll, so I gave her another floral name

5) Corr, a plush seahorse companion for Oona, named for the waterhorse in Maggie Stiefvater's "The Scorpio Races."

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March 31, 2016 8:46 AM

If I had no restrictions on my names, I'd say:

Ramona

Frances (nn Frankie)

Olive

Harriet (nn Hattie)

Sylvie

 

I also love Sybil, Margot, Marguerite, and Sadie!